What a Bunch of High School Teachers Know about Your Restaurant’s Success

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Now – let me share what High School teachers know about your success.

Recently I had a joyful time sharing the formula to grow a successful independent multi-unit restaurant company with the top high school teachers in Texas, at the TRAEF (Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation) Culinary Educators Training Conference.

The chance to work with an incredible set of educators who work with tomorrow’s top restaurant talent was one I could not pass up.

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This is the material I shared with the educators, and the same framework I use when I work with owners like you who want their companies to be among the best in the industry.

It is a lot more similar to the formula to run a great high school than you would expect.

How Is a Restaurant Like High School?

We talked about how a restaurant company must have capable operations — just like a high school must have capable administration, faculty, supportive parents who encourage learning, and an effective curriculum.

A restaurant concept works only when people want it and must have opportunity in the marketplace — just like a high school needs students who want to learn about the subjects they teach and a supportive community.

A restaurant company must have strategy to know how to get from where they are to where they want to go — just like a high school must know how they are going to get students from where they are in 9th grade, to graduation in 12th grade.

And a restaurant company operates best in a low-drama environment in an atmosphere of trust, as does a high school — where faculty administration, staff, and parents have open communication and appreciate each other.

Being a Rock Star Chef Does Not Make You a Restaurateur

One of the educators told me that most of their students wanted to be rock star chefs, and they were not as interested in the management side of the curriculum. That made me think of that breed of restaurateur we all know, the one who feels the same way!

I told the crowd, “If you want to make an impact in the world and have a career cooking, and if you do not learn the complete business piece, you are going to end up cooking — in your kitchen at home.”

The truth is many successful restaurateurs we know got a start based on being good at one thing, whether food, service, marketing, or locations. But it was only when they mastered all aspects of their company that they began to flourish.

Over to you. Where is your company’s greatest opportunity to improve? Capability, opportunity, strategy, or atmosphere of trust?